BOOK REVIEW: Kasie West “By Your Side”

By-Your-SideTitle: By Your Side

Author: Kasie West

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

When classmates Autumn and Dax are accidentally locked inside a library together for the weekend, things are pretty awkward. These two were from such different worlds: Autumn is pretty and popular, her mind occupied by Jeff, her almost boyfriend; and Dax is mysterious and, while handsome, supposedly dangerous. There are many rumors surrounding the aloof Dax Miller, and Autumn decides to use their newfound time together to find out if they’re true.

While she tries to get Dax to warm up to her, Autumn finds herself warming up to him. She realizes that he’s much more complicated than he appeared, and feelings of more than friendship blossom within her. But how can she dream of a relationship with a boy who’s as afraid of commitment as this one?

My thoughts: 

This book started off very sweet. I loved reading about their time spent in the library together, and there was something very fantastical and romantic about it. Seeing these two characters draw closer to one another and seeing their relationship flourish was so rewarding and special. It was all very swoony.

Much to my dismay, Dax and Autumn didn’t stay in the library for the duration of the book. In fact, they were out and back in the real world by the halfway mark, which I found disappointing. After that, this became a very frustrating read.

Maybe this is due to my impatience, but I didn’t like the second half of the book and how long it took for Autumn and Dax to get together. Sure, it was probably to add suspense and tension to their romance, but I felt it took away from the progress they made and the time they spent together in the library. I didn’t enjoy the second half of the book at all and was relieved when everything finally resolved itself and the story had ended. I shouldn’t be relieved for the end of a book, though. I should be sad and wistful. Disappointed to be separated from characters I had grown to like. But no, I was just ready to be done.

This is my second experience reading Kasie West, and even though I was disappointed in the ending, I’m definitely planning to read more of her books. You can read my thoughts about the first book I read by hers, P.S. I Like You here.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Kasie West “P.S. I Like You”

814LFWmOXKLTitle: P.S. I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Genre: Contemporary

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Music-lover Lily likes to spend her time doodling and writing song lyrics during class, but her Chemistry teacher is having none of it. He takes away her notebook, leaving her with only the desktop to doodle on. She’s surprised to find that someone has finished the lyrics she scribbled onto the desk the next time she goes to class, and so begins a friendship between her and an unknown desk mate.

They begin to exchange notes that they leave under the desk and have deep conversations about music, family, and life. Lily enjoys the comradery they have but finds that she’s developing feelings for her secret pen-pal.

My thoughts:

When I was taking college classes, I took an Anatomy lab course and I hated it. The teacher was annoying and all the students made fun of him and the class was difficult. Still, I would have rather done anything else besides listen to his lectures, so I doodled.

There was a boy who sat across from me who was interested in my doodles, so I showed them to him. I passed my sheet of paper across the table and he added his own doodles and pictures to it. These doodles turned into little messages, which turned into longer notes, until he and I had almost filled up a notebook’s worth of writing by the time the class had ended. Of course, we were also dating by this time.

That boy ended up marrying me about a year and a half later. Although he and I weren’t secret pen pals or anything like Lily and her unknown friend in this story, it’s still testament to the fact that sometimes the mixture of boredom and opening up to another person can cause you to catch feelings. I mean it’s basically inevitable.

So to say that I related to this story is a bit of an understatement. I adored this. The story was adorable and the characters were so easy to like. I loved the realness of Lily’s family and the pacing of the story, and basically everything. I ate this story up.

This was my first experience reading a Kasie West novel, and I’m really glad I enjoyed it. I had heard many good things about her stories, but I admit I was skeptical. I hate to say it, but I judge books by their covers, and I’m not a huge fan of any of West’s covers. Either way, it doesn’t matter because this book was beyond sweet. If it was a person, I would hug it.

What are some other Kasie West books that y’all have enjoyed? Shoot me some titles in the comments so I can add them to my TBR!

 

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